GARGRAVE and Cowling were both in the runs in Mewies Solicitors Craven League Division One.

Sent in by visitors Hepworth & Idle, Gargrave made 248-4, which included two half-century partnerships.

Opener Lee Barrett (41) and keeper James Freebury (82) put on 93 for the second wicket before the latter added 68 for the third wicket with John Beckwith (45), Chris Lambert (17no) and Max Bell (20no) finishing the innings off.

Freebury’s runs came off 78 balls and included 13 fours and a six.

Hepworth & Idle were then dismissed for 149, with captain Will Smith, the only one to miss out with the bat, taking 3-43, John Beckwith 3-23 and George Beckwith 2-20.

Gargrave are third with 169 points and Cowling, who returned to form with a bang, are sixth on 120.

The latter made 251-6 after winning the toss at home to Barrowford.

Important contributions came from Martyn Dalby (42), Darab Khan (31), Mohammed Shah Usman (54) and Rahman Ali (61), and Barrowford were then bowled out for 164, with Shah Usman taking 3-45, Laiq Ur Rehman 2-23 and Naqi Hassan 2-16.

There was no good news for basement boys Sutton, however, who could make only 59 after winning the toss at Wilsden, and 34 of those came off the bat of George Elrick as Sam Mitchell took 9-20.

Wilsden won by six wickets to leave Sutton 29 points from safety.

Silsden continue to forge a path towards promotion in Division Two.

Joshua Waind was their man of the match at Bradley, scoring 35 in their 107 and then taking 7-20 as the hosts were skittled for 41.

Mohsan Gulbhar (38) was the only other man to trouble the scorers greatly when Silsden batted, with Waind adding 46 for the ninth wicket with Lewis Middleton (4).

Toby Meynell took 4-11 for Bradley, and he was one of just two of their batters to make double figures, scoring 13 in their reply as Alex Nelson bagged 3-2.

Skipton CI went down by 28 runs at Eldwick & Gilstead, who made 160 after being sent in, with Aneesh Babu taking 6-35.

Babu then scored 50 but did not receive enough support in CI’s 132, despite Rob Cockell making 27 and Ian Henderson 18.

Glusburn’s match at Bradford & Bingley III at Sandy Lane never started due to an unfit pitch after morning rain, and the south Craven side are fifth on 142 points, eight points behind Long Lee.

In Division Three, Cononley were trounced by leaders Thornton-in-Craven, bringing Hepworth & Idle II and Oakworth II into the promotion picture.

Sent in, hosts Cononley could only make 110, with Tom Feather (29), Andrew Starkey (25) and Charles Calvert (21) all getting starts.

David Wolfe (5-18) and Ian Holden (3-16) were a potent combination for Thornton-in-Craven, who only lost one wicket in reaching their target, with Rob Foster 67 not out.

He put on 104 for the first wicket with Scott Howarth-Hynes (34) and victory was achieved in the 23rd over.

That defeat dropped Cononley to third (156), behind Hepworth & Idle II (163).

Cowling II bounced back to form after three successive concessions by making 287-7 after being asked to bat at Long Lee II.

Skipper Aqib Chatta must have enjoyed himself after his top five of Ajmal Choudhry (59), Reyan Hassan (39) Junaid Gullnawaz (50), Yasser Chatta (73) and Sulaiman Aslam (38) made hay, with openers Choudhry and Hassan putting on 104, Gullnawaz and Chatta adding 59 for the third wicket, and Chatta and Aslam 107 for the fourth.

Cellar dwellers Long Lee were then rumbled for 58 as the skipper took 3-12 and Gullnawaz 6-22.

Denholme II lost by 23 runs at Skipton CI II, but had cause to rue a shutter of wickets from 98-2, chasing the home side’s 161-7.

CI were themselves 78-6 but were revived by John Stuttard (37) and skipper Sean Williamson (41no), who put on 61 for the seventh wicket.

Gargrave II did not detain promotion-chasing Hepworth & Idle II for long at Westfield Lane, being dismissed for 86, with Tony Spensley making 31.

The hosts then won by 10 wickets in the 23rd over.

Glusburn II’s home win over leaders Bingley Congs III may have opened the promotion door for Airedale II and Keighley III in Division Four.

Congs made 156 after being sent in, with Qasim Dar taking 5-25 and Maj Hussain 3-21.

Glusburn won by two wickets in the 37th over, seen home by Danny Ridehalgh (32no) after Sam Britten had made 36.

Sutton II won only their second match of the season, making 166-7 after winning the toss at home to Hepworth & Idle III.

Andrew Fountain (45) and Jack Middleton (41) got Sutton off to a great start with a partnership of 81, and Josh Franklin later weighed in with 20 not out.

Hepworth & Idle were then restricted to 142-9, tottering from 113-1 as Dylan Hanson (4-13) and Franklin (4-21) cashed in.